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Season 7 | Episode 13 | “I, Witness” | Aired Feb 2, 2015

Castle’s life of private investigating is off to a great start. His first case ended with the arrest of the murderer of a popular telenovela actress; his latest case involves another high-profile murder.

The case begins innocently enough when Eva Whitfield (Brianna Brown), an old classmate of Castle’s, asks him to investigate her philandering husband. While Castle really doesn’t dig that kind of PI work, he agrees to take it because of his history with Eva.

Castle easily catches Cole Whitfield (Ivan Sergei) red-handed doing the hanky-panky with his mistress Taylor. But when he goes to deliver the photos to a devastated Eva, he gets a surprise he never saw coming: he witnesses her murder, allegedly at the hands of Cole. Castle sees her body stuffed into a town car and dragged away, and when he follows the car to investigate further, he is hit over the head by the killer and left in the woods.

Castle tries to explain what he saw to the detectives who arrive on the scene, but when they confront Cole at his house, he claims he was with his mistress at the time of the murder. There’s hardly even any blood evidence in the kitchen where Castle saw Eva’s body being dragged away! It’s all very suspicious, and Castle refuses to let Cole off the hook. Kate questions the mistress, and even though she swears she was with Cole the night of the murder, Beckett’s not buying her statement either.

They learn that Cole was married before, but his wife died under suspicious circumstances—a “hiking accident.” Her entire estate went directly to Cole, who used those millions to start his now lucrative business. With each new discovery, Castle and Co. are convinced all clues point to the cheating husband being a black widower-type murderer.

Cole’s cell phone records reveal he received a call from Eva’s cell the morning after she was allegedly killed. The call points directly to the mistress, but when her alibi checks out, Castle’s theory machine is thrown into high gear. If the mistress didn’t make the call, then someone was making it appear that way. And that same someone was probably behind the entire thing, faking Eva’s death so her husband would pay the price and she could escape with millions. For a brief, fleeting moment Castle revels in his newly minted theory, swearing up and down Eva is safe and sound somewhere, free from her crumbling marriage.

Unfortunately, Beckett receives a call midway through Castle’s proclamation immediately disproving his theory: Eva’s body was just found. Not only that, but DNA evidence on her body belongs to none other than her husband, Cole Whitfield.

Now that the team can confirm Eva is actually dead—likely at the hands of Cole—they tell the mistress in the hopes this new information will get her to roll on her flimsy alibi. She flips, revealing she was not with Cole the night of the murder, freeing up Beckett, Castle, and Co. to nail Cole to the wall.

But the twists just keep on coming when Beckett joins the detectives at Cole’s residence to arrest him, only to find him hanged. Though it looks like a suicide, the autopsy shows that he was heavily sedated at the time of his death. There was no way he could have killed himself.

Which means whoever was responsible for killing Eva was also responsible for killing Cole, hoping that Cole’s “suicide” would be the nice little bow investigators would need to tie up the entire man-kills-wife-then-kills-self case.

Enter Crazy Carrie Mathison-esque Castle!

Nathan Fillion, Castle, ABC

Unable to grapple with Eva’s death and the messy resolution of Cole’s, Castle plots the entire case from beginning to end, landing on a brand-new theory: the mastermind behind the whole thing is Scott Galloway, one of Cole’s business partners. Castle postulates that Galloway plotted the whole thing by helping Eva stage her death, planning to cash in on the millions she stashed in a Swiss bank account—really killing Eva, killing Cole, and making out like a bandit. Only problem is, his alibi checks out. Luckily for Caskett and team, a much bigger clue leads them to the actual killer while investigating Galloway.

Cole had not one but two business partners. And while Galloway’s alibi checks out, his other business partner, Robert James, isn’t so lucky. Street security-cam footage reveals Cole was at James’ apartment the night of Eva’s murder, but James wasn’t. Turns out Cole had been having an affair with James’ wife. James was looking for payback, so he joined forces with Eva to stage her death and watch Cole take the fall for it.

But the morning after the “murder,” Eva told James she was having second thoughts about framing Cole. James gave her a key to one of their corporate apartments so she could lie low until they figured out what to do. But phone records from the apartment’s land line reveal Eva called Cole’s company lawyer while hiding out there.

Castle and Beckett look into the lawyer’s background to find out why Eva would have been calling her after she was supposed to be “dead.” Their investigation reveals the lawyer had a secret past that linked her to Cole long before she started working for his company. She was good friends and sorority sisters with Cole’s first wife and had always blamed Cole for her death, saying he had gotten away with murder. Ever since, she had planned on making Cole pay. When she finally got the chance to insert herself into Cole’s life, she took justice into her own hands by framing him for Eva’s murder and then killing him herself. Talk about cold-blooded.

Oh, and by the way:

  • Ryan has been managing a Match.com profile for Esposito without his knowledge. While that is SO CREEPY, Ryan, this storyline was so funny. Turns out everyone at the precinct is just as tired of Espo and Lanie’s never-ending love saga as we are.
  • This episode reminded me a lot of “The Lives of Others,”the Rear Window-inspired episode from season five. A good Hitchcock homage on Castle goes a long way.

Castle airs Mondays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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